Although I have insurance (first time in my adult life!!), I decided to do a little self-diagnosing and figure out what is causing my knee pain. A quick google search revealed that I have (drum roll please).....
Of all knee injuries to have, this is probably the best one. No joke. It basically stems from 'too much, too fast,' which, in my case, means I increased my mileage too fast during the weeks prior to my marathon. Oh, and another cause?!? Tight quads and hamstrings! My lack of stretching has bitten me in the ass again.... I am a born-again stretcher!!
My plan for the next few weeks is to attempt to fall in love with swimming, biking, and roller blading... and hopefully it will help ease the feelings of loss that I have about not being able to run. Also, this time off will give me a chance to reflect on my love for running... which may help me take stretching, cross-training and such more seriously.
In the meantime, when any of you are out on a run, throw in a few extra steps for me and be appreciative of your body's ability to do what it does for you everyday. Don't take your running/biking/swimming/hiking abilities.... any physical activities for that matter.... for granted! We're all getting (ahem) older and we're not as spring-y and agile as we used to be so injuries can be more serious and can take longer to heal.
Getting older kinda sucks. I'm only 29 (for a few more months) and I already feel like I'm falling apart!